Journey to becoming an Assistant Professor, mentoring graduate students, and launching an initiative to close the communication loop during the pandemic, with Dr. Katelyn Jetelina

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Show Notes

In this episode, Sujani speaks with assistant professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center and the author of Your Local Epidemiologist blog, Katelyn Jetelina. They discuss Katelyn’s career in public health as well as her motivations to share public health information in an accessible way on her blog your local epidemiologist.


You’ll Learn

  • More about Katelyn’s journey in transitioning from a pre-med student to her current field of violence epidemiology 
  • Tips for getting into the field of health communication
  • The importance of leveraging connections for best outreach and outcomes in your career
  • How Katelyn has been able to create a successful public health blog that reaches a wide variety of audiences – from non-academics to folks all across the political spectrum
  • How to seek opportunities in the field of health communication for knowledge translation
  • How second languages can be an asset to the field of health communication
  • The importance of having public health campaigns that are accessible to a wide audience
  • How to create high engagement posts in the field of health communications
  • How to use constructive audience feedback to your own advantage

Today’s Guest

Dr. Katelyn Jetelina

Dr. Katelyn Jetelina has a Masters in Public Health and PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She is an Assistant Professor at a School of Public Health where her research lab resides and where she teaches. She has a secondary appointment at a medical school. She runs the highly successful blog entitled “Your Local Epidemiologist” and describes her inspiration behind the blog: 

“If I’ve learned one thing throughout this pandemic, it’s the lack of scientific “translation” to the community. Without the translation, many are left to biased reports, inaccurate descriptions of the current state of affairs, and confusion and anxiety. The purpose of this page is to “close the communication loop” by providing a direct line from science to you. My posts are 100% data-driven and backed by the most recent scientific evidence. Some of these are my own analyses, some of these are based on other brilliant scientists peer reviewed studies, and some are science-driven resources.”



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PH SPOTlight: Public health career stories, inspiration, and guidance from current-day public health heroes

On the show, Sujani sits down with public health heroes of our time to share career stories, inspiration, and guidance for building public health careers. From time to time, she also has conversations with friends of public health – individuals who are not public health professionals, but their advice and guidance are equally important.

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